The question of validity in Brazilian educational assessment

Girlene Ribeiro de Jesus Renata Manuelly de Lima Rêgo Victor Vasconcelos de Souza About the authors

Abstract

This study aimed to analyze how the current concept of validity and its sources of evidence have been utilized on large-scale assessment in Brazil. We made a documentary analysis using the official reports of the most important national educational assessments. The results indicated that the reports do not present adequate information about sources of evidence validity, which makes unfeasible to judge the validity of the educational tests analyzed. In this context, it is difficult to say if these tests evaluate what they propose. Therefore, we conclude that, in Brazil, it is still necessary to improve both understanding about what validity is, and what information is necessary to be able to use with confidence the results of different assessments applied in Brazil.

Validity; Educational Assessment; Standards for Testing

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